A person charged with domestic violence here in Los Angeles faces serious consequences, regardless of innocence or guilt. Although battery is often associated with the offense, such is not necessary to warrant arrest under the California law. All that’s needed is a “probable cause” to believe that the abuse was committed, which means an arrest can be made even with little evidence. Additionally, abuse constitutes any action used to gain control over a former or current spouse, co-habitant, fiancé or dating partner, not just physically but emotionally and financially as well. Moreover, even if the victim changes his/her mind after filing, the charges still cannot be dropped.